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Bike-sharing at the DNC exceeds expectations

A Freewheelin’ station in Denver.(Photo: Freewheelin/Flickr) A bike-sharing program that started as an employee perk for Lousville, Kentucky-based Humana Corporation has taken the national stage this week. Humana — a $30 billion a year, 9,000 employee health insurance company — has partnered up with Bikes Belong and a host of bike manufacturers to set up … Read more


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Portland won’t give up on bike-share system

“There are a lot of [bike-sharing] systems out there and we really want to pick the best model.”–Shoshanah Oppenheim, transportation policy aide for Commissioner Adams With the announcement last week that the City of Portland has canceled their search for a bike-sharing vendor, some are wondering what’s next in Portland’s public-bike future. Far from giving … Read more


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Washington wins bike-sharing race; is Portland far behind?

Washington DC has beat Portland in becoming the first U.S. city with a bike-sharing system. This photo shows a construction site where one of the new SmartBikeDC racks will be located.(Photo: afagen on Flickr) Now that Washington D.C. is getting national media attention for their “first of its kind in the U.S.” bike-sharing system, I … Read more


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U.S. House exec. will talk bike-sharing on Portland visit

House CAO Dan Beard(Photo House CAO Office) Dan Beard, the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives will be in Portland later this week. Beard is slated to speak about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol” initiative at the Better Living Show coming to the Portland Expo Center on Sunday (3/29). Pelosi’s … Read more


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UPDATE: Portland will pick bike-sharing vendor next week

[Update: 12/6, 9:47pm (see below)] Photo: Ethan Jewett Commissioner Sam Adams’ office has put together a panel to review the proposals of the three companies who responded to their request to implement a bike-sharing system in Portland. The request called for a company that could manage the “delivery and operation of a bicycle fleet [numbering … Read more


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Success of Parisian bike-sharing system bodes well for Portland

A Velib station on rue Saint-Honor√© in Paris.(Photo: luc legay/Flickr) After nearly a month since the launch of their ambitious “Velib” bike-sharing program, the city of Paris has been transformed by two-wheeled transit. An article published today in the Times of London states that in the first three weeks, the bikes were borrowed a whopping … Read more


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PDOT, Paris and the potential for bike-sharing in Portland

[Updated: 7/24, 7:34am] A bike-sharing system in Vienna.Photo: Ethan Jewett By now, everyone’s heard of the “Velib” bike-sharing program launched by Paris earlier this month. That program — whose name so poetically is formed from the French words for “bike” and “liberty” — placed 10,600 bikes at 750 stations for use by Parisians and tourists … Read more


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Portland plans for bike sharing system

[A bike-sharing system, like this one in Vienna, could be on its way to Portland.] Photo: Ethan Jewett City Commissioner Sam Adams has stepped up his effort to bring a bicycle-sharing system to Portland. Although still in “preliminary stages,” Adams’ staffer Max Coffman — who works with Adams and Senior Policy Director Roland Chlapowski on … Read more